September 14th, 2012
04:23 AM ET

No school Friday but end of Chicago teacher strike may be near

Public schools will be closed Friday in Chicago but the end of the teachers strike could be near.

New hope emerged Thursday after days of sometimes contentious meetings between the Chicago Teachers Union and the city's school board.

"We will see if we can finish this up, hopefully, tomorrow," Chicago School Board President David Vitale told reporters Thursday night. "I think we made some pretty good progress."

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis told CNN affiliate WBBM "we are optimistic but we are still hammering things out. Schools will not open Friday. Talks are ongoing. We've made progress in some areas, but still we have a way to go. Teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians remain hopeful but energized."

Chicago Teachers Union spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin said union delegates with the power to stop the walkout would meet on Friday at 2 p.m. CT.

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  1. Valpraiso

    Curious to see how the most corrupt city in America, off and on murder capital USA solves this. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas stated last tuesday that the $108 billion debt tab across various governing bodies in the county translates to $63,525 per Chicago household and nearly $33,000 per suburban household. Of course, few of those households actually pay taxes. It's hard to be sympathetic. Being so broken for so long you have to look at the electorate that tolerates this, not the politicians. Behold the inevitable endstate of democrat politics.

    September 14, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      I hope Banasy doesn't see this post. She is going to be m a d.

      September 14, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Why on eath woul I be mad, Gordon?

    September 14, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      S/B 'Why on Earth would I be mad, Gordon?'
      Back to the java I go!

      September 14, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Paul, while working for 'meals-on-wheels', an organisation that delivers lunches to the elderly, Paul used to take his 4-year-old daughter, Lois, with him on his afternoon rounds. Lois was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the walking sticks, triangular walkers and the wheelchairs. One day Paul found Lois staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As he prepared himself for the inevitable barrage of questions, Lois merely turned and whispered, 'The tooth fairy is never going to believe this.'

    September 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A teacher cautiously approaches the subject of se x education with her fourth grade class because she realizes Little Johnny's propensity for se xual innuendo. But Johnny remains attentive throughout the entire lecture. Finally, towards the end of the lesson, the teacher asks for examples of se x education from the class. One little boy raises his hand, "I saw a bird in her nest with some eggs." "Very good, William," cooed the teacher.

    "My mommy had a baby," said little Esther. "Oh, that's nice," replied the teacher. Finally, little Johnny raises his hand. With much fear and trepidation, the teacher calls on him. "I was watchin' TV yesterday, and I saw the Lone Ranger. He was surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of Indians. And they all attacked at one time. And he killed every one of them with his two guns." The teacher was relieved but puzzled, "And what does that have to do with se x education, Johnny?" "It'll teach those Indians not to f*** with the Lone Ranger."

    September 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Little Johnny jokes are always a favorite of mine.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. james ainoris

    Maybe they can be forced to work 365 days a year instead of 181... Sam bacile probably negotiated contract after producing evil film...james ainoris

    September 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |

    or a story about the dangers of low self esteeme

    September 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |